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From IKEA to Home Depot, major companies are offering 'intrapreneurship' programs that let top talent lead their own startup-like projects. Here's how they work.

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. The labs are designed to attract the brightest minds in technology, giving them a place to channel their entrepreneurial spirit with the security of working for an established organization. Companies benefit as well, because they're less likely to lose their top talent to the startup world. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington Dc, Ikea, Marriott, Columbia University, Accenture, Copenhagen, VentureBeat, Georgia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, Markham


Researchers Develop AI To Predict Hospital Readmission Rates From Clinical Notes

Researchers at New York University and Princeton have developed a framework that evaluates clinical notes and autonomously assigns a risk score indicating whether patients will be readmitted within 30 days. They claim that the code and model parameters, which are publicly available on Github, handily outperform baselines. VentureBeat reports: As the researchers point out in a preprint paper on Arxiv.org, clinical notes use abbreviations and jargon, and they're often lengthy, which poses an AI sy...
Tags: Google, Tech, Princeton, VentureBeat, New York University


Chat App Viber Now Lets You Buy Local Numbers That Anyone Can Call You On

Viber, the chat and messaging app acquired by Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten for $900 million five years ago, is introducing a new subscription service that lets users pay to have a local phone number that anyone can call. From a report: Founded in 2010, Viber has grown to claim more than 1 billion "registered users" globally, though the company doesn't reveal how many of those are active on the platform. As with similar messaging apps such as WhatsApp, users sign up to Viber using their own m...
Tags: Tech, Rakuten, VentureBeat


Microsoft Launches AI Business School

Microsoft today introduced the AI Business School, a series of case studies and free instructional videos made to help business executives design and successfully implement an AI strategy within their organization. From a report: The Microsoft AI Business School is born out of three years of conversations with customers and follows the launch of an AI school for developers and AI School first introduced last year. The AI Business School follows the lead of similar instructional guides, such as t...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, VentureBeat, Andrew Ng, Microsoft Launches AI Business School, Microsoft AI Business School, AI School, AI Business School, Mitra Azizirad


Want to score press coverage for your startup? Deliver value to journalists first

If you’re working on any sort of promotion, whether as a PR person or simply trying to get the word out about your own company, you’ll need to understand journalists. Rebecca Grant who was a journalist at VentureBeat for a number years wrote a blog post describing how she felt at her job: I thought this was a perfect way to describe how dysfunctional PR has become. Everyone is obsessed with “Lights over Broadway PR” — i.e. getting featured on TNW, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, NYTimes, WSJ, etc. The ...
Tags: Startups, VentureBeat, Contributors, Rebecca Grant, NYTimes WSJ


VLC prepares to add AirPlay support as it crosses 3 billion downloads

VLC, the hugely popular media playing service, is filing one of its gaps with the addition of AirPlay support as its just crossed an incredible three billion users. The new feature was revealed by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the service’s lead developers, in and it will give users a chance to beam content from their Android or iOS device to an Apple TV. The addition, which is due in the upcoming version 4 of VLC, is the biggest new feature since the service added Chromecast support last summer....
Tags: Android, Apps, Webcams, Tech, Apple TV, Ces, Chromecast, Software, Nintendo, Roku, Vlc, VentureBeat, Internet Television, Zack Whittaker, Nintendo Switch, Jean Baptiste Kempf


Netflix's New iTunes Billing Policy Will Curb a $256 Million Revenue Stream For Apple

Early last year, Netflix allowed some iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The streaming company is now incorporating the change globally, curbing a $256 million revenue stream for Apple. "According to new data compiled by Sensor Tower, Netflix grossed $853 million in 2018 on the iOS App Store," reports TechCrunch. "Based on that figure, Apple's take would have been around $256 million, the firm said." The new policy change allows...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Netflix, App Store, VentureBeat


Netflix quietly made a change to its iPhone app that should spook Apple (AAPL, NFLX)

Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut of subscriptions made through iTunes. Netflix quietly made a change earlier this month that allows it to circumvent that fee by requiring people to create a new account on its website. The Netflix app will still be available for iPhones and iPads. It's a bad sign for Apple's push for online-services revenue, of which App Store fees are a major component, and other app makers could try similar moves. Many people pay about $11 a month for Netflix. In exchange, they ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, New York, Supreme Court, Trends, Netflix, United States, App Store, VentureBeat, Apple Apple, Gene Munster, Loup Ventures, HBO YouTube, Bird Box, US App Store


Netflix Permanently Pulls iTunes Billing For New and Returning Users

An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple's 15% iTunes tax bracket. Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The company now tells VentureBeat that it has concluded the experiment and has incorporated the change globally. "We no longer support iTunes as a method of payment for new members," a Netflix spokesperson told VentureBeat. Existing member...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Netflix, VentureBeat


Netflix's Biggest Competition Isn't Sleep -- It's YouTube

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings loves to identify sleep as the biggest competition of its service. "Sometimes employees at Netflix think, 'Oh my god, we're competing with FX, HBO, or Amazon, but think about it. If you didn't watch Netflix last night: What did you do? There's such a broad range of things that you did to relax and unwind, hang out, and connect -- and we compete with all of that," he once said. "You get a show or a movie you're really dying to watch, and you end up staying up late at nig...
Tags: Amazon, India, Tech, Netflix, VentureBeat, Reed Hastings, Hastings, FX HBO, VentureBeat About, Globally YouTube


Edtech unicorn Udacity lays off 125 people in global strategy shift

Learning platform Udacity is to axe a big chunk of its workforce — which looks to be between a fifth and a quarter — as part of a global reorganization effort, according to VentureBeat. It reports the company is cutting 125 staff from now through early 2019. We’ve also heard from a source that around 100 Udacity staff have been laid off, with affected employees mostly in content, video and services. We’ve reached out to the company for comment. According to VentureBeat’s report the firm will ...
Tags: Education, US, Tech, United States, Brazil, VentureBeat, Udacity, Online Education, Sao Paulo, Open Educational Resources, Sebastian Thrun, Sao Paulo Brazil, Thrun, Massive Open Online Course, Kirsten Korosec, Vishal Makhijani


This is the biggest year for Chinese companies going public in the United States since 2010

More companies are going public in the United States, according to a study by institutional research firm Renaissance Capital. So far in 2018, 23 Chinese companies have gone public on the US markets. Even more Chinese companies are planning to enter the US markets by the end of the year.    This has been a landmark year for Chinese companies on American markets. According to a study by institutional research firm Renaissance Capital, which was first reported by VentureBeat,  23 Chinese compan...
Tags: Asia, China, US, Trends, United States, Shanghai, Xiaomi, Tencent, Donald Trump, VentureBeat, Renaissance Capital, Cao, NIU, Tencent Music, Sky9 Capital, Ron Cao


MX Player, a Video App Used By More Than 175 Million Users, Debuts OTT Service. Android Enthusiasts Express Concern.

MX Player, a video app which has been downloaded more than 500 million times across the globe, kickstarted its OTT (online video streaming) service in India, one of its largest markets, this week. MX Player, which is popular worldwide, has earned a loyal user base over the years for being the app that can run any video file you throw at it, even if your smartphone, tablet, or Android TV box doesn't have high-end specs or updated software. It was acquired by Times Internet, an India-based conglom...
Tags: India, Tech, VentureBeat, Bedi, Karan Bedi, Times Internet an India


Companies like IKEA and Accenture are following in Google's footsteps to stay ahead of the curve

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. The labs are designed to attract the brightest minds in technology, giving them a place to channel their entrepreneurial spirit with the security of working for an established organization. Companies benefit too, because they're less likely to lose their top talent to the startup world. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X.  "It's like being an entrepreneur," said Tomas Cha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington Dc, Ikea, Marriott, Columbia University, Accenture, Copenhagen, VentureBeat, Georgia Tech, Markham, Alphabet Google


Apple’s 5G iPhone conundrum

Wednesday is Apple’s big product release day, where analysts expect the company to release the next edition of the iPhone. While the usual upgrades to the screen, CPU, and storage are expected as always, one major lingering question is how the company is going to handle 5G, the next-generation telecommunications standard. The conventional wisdom among analysts is that Apple will ignore 5G in 2018 and 2019 just as it took extra time to rollout 3G and 4G chipsets in its phones. A typical exampl...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Asia, Europe, China, Americas, Tech, Qualcomm, VentureBeat, 5g, Vivo, China Mobile, Chris Smith, China China, Jeremy Horwitz


Surface Go Reviews Are All Over the Place (slashdot)

The reviews for Microsoft's Surface Go tablet are in, and they're all over the place. While the press generally agrees that the processor is slow and can only handle light tasks, such as browsing and mail, there are mixed conclusions as to whether or not the 10-inch, $399 tablet is worth buying. Ars Technica's Peter Bright summarizes: So, should you buy one? That's hard to say. Mashable was a fairly unequivocal "no:" for light productivity, a Chromebook or iPad does the job for less money, and t...
Tags: News, Microsoft, Intel, Ars Technica, Acer, Gizmodo, Lenovo, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Peter, Engadget, Kaby Lake, Ed Bott, BeauHD, Intel Pentium Gold


Surface Go Reviews Are All Over the Place

The reviews for Microsoft's Surface Go tablet are in, and they're all over the place. While the press generally agrees that the processor is slow and can only handle light tasks, such as browsing and mail, there are mixed conclusions as to whether or not the 10-inch, $399 tablet is worth buying. Ars Technica's Peter Bright summarizes: So, should you buy one? That's hard to say. Mashable was a fairly unequivocal "no:" for light productivity, a Chromebook or iPad does the job for less money, and t...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Ars Technica, Acer, Gizmodo, Lenovo, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Peter, Engadget, Kaby Lake, Ed Bott, Intel Pentium Gold


Google snags Sony’s ‘Magic Lab’ VR guru

Google has hired Richard Marks, Sony’s Magic Lab head who was behind much of the company’s VR efforts, to a position in its Advanced Technology and Projects group, VentureBeat reports. Google confirmed the hire to TechCrunch, sending along a statement from ATAP head Dan Kaufman. “ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is. We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and l...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Sony, Htc, Virtual Reality, Atap, Richard, VentureBeat, Richard Marks, Playstation Vr, Personnel, Advanced Technology and Projects, Magic Lab, Dan Kaufman ATAP, LinkedIn Marks


WhatsApp Balks at India's Demand To Break Encryption

An anonymous reader shares a report: As WhatsApp scrambles to figure out technology solutions to address some of the problems its service has inadvertently caused in developing markets, India's government has proposed one of its own: bring traceability to the platform so false information can be traced to its source. But WhatsApp indicated to VentureBeat over the weekend that complying with that request would undermine the service's core value of protecting user privacy. "We remain deeply commit...
Tags: Facebook, India, Tech, VentureBeat, Ministry, Ministry of Electronics


Unblockable raises $5M to create crypto collectibles around pro athletes

Unblockable is tackling a new area for blockchain technology — sports fandom, specifically collectibles and fantasy sports. CEO Jeb Terry (a former Fox Sports executive, and before that a former offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) said the goal is to connect pro sports and pro athletes with the technology, and to “create new means of access and really empower the fans to celebrate their fandom, to show off who they’re fans of and create new relationships.” Terry founded Unblockable w...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Terry, VentureBeat, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shasta, Blockchain, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shasta Ventures, Mullins, Fox Sports, NFL Hall, Famer Ronnie Lott, Jacob Mullins, Jeb Terry


Some of the Best Reads for Casual Friday: Artificial Intelligence

Fridays can be the most productive work day, as you look to shore up everything before the weekend starts. Or, maybe instead, it’s a day filled with long lunches and listless Internet surfing, as you seek out all the interesting articles you missed during the week. Fear not: Xconomy has done the work for you, bringing a smattering of some of the most interesting reads out there. This week, we’re focusing on artificial intelligence, one of the buzziest fields in tech. From Facebook to Micr...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Startup, Walmart, It, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Hospital, Hospitals, Ocean, Venture Capital, Jp Morgan, Nvidia


Steam’s new tool shows how much money you’ve blown on games

Valve recently added a new feature to Steam that shows how much money you’ve thrown down the black hole that is gaming — on the Steam store, anyway. The “External Funds Used” tool has existed for a few weeks, but was only spotted by VentureBeat this week. It’s a simple enough tool. Just follow this link and make sure you’re logged in to your account. So let’s see what the damage is in my case: Not too bad considering I’ve had the account for about six or seven years. Notice the phrase “Limited U...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, VentureBeat


My Line Lets Colombians Call Google Assistant

An anonymous reader shares a report: At one time, Google Assistant could only be found on a handful of smartphones. Today, Google Assistant is available on 500 million devices -- smartphones, smart speakers, smart watches, tablets, smart televisions, and a broad range of home appliances and cars. But what about the billions of people in the world who still don't have a smartphone? Enter My Line, a phone number you can call to ask Google Assistant questions in parts of Colombia -- without a smart...
Tags: Google, Tech, Colombia, VentureBeat, Cainkade Studio, Jeremy Landis


Leaked BlackBerry Key2 specs hint at serious battery endurance

The BlackBerry Key2 launches tomorrow, and the leaks are coming thick and fast. Yesterday, we learned what it looks like. Today, with one day left before the official reveal, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass has dropped the entire specs list. full BlackBerry KEY2 specs pic.twitter.com/xwp6Qc2Srz — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 6, 2018 There aren’t that many surprises here. For the most part,it represents an incremental upgrade over the previous KeyOne device, which launched roughly this time last year. Her...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Oreo, VentureBeat, Evan Blass, Kyro


This is what the BlackBerry Key2 looks like

The BlackBerry Key2’s official announcement is scheduled for the end of this week. Unlike most phone launches, TCL has done a sterling job of keeping the KEY2 under wraps, with no real leaks to speak of. Until now, that is. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (aka “EvLeaks”) came across the following images which depict the Key2 in all of its physical keyboarded glory. BlackBerry Key2 pic.twitter.com/4YMZ2hxUYP — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 4, 2018 It actually looks really good. The Verge described the Key2...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, VentureBeat, Tcl, Evan Blass


Game Livestreaming Explodes, But Women Are Less Likely To Be Paid Than Men

A new study by game research firm SuperData Research and payment company PayPal found that eSports and game videos are driving explosive growth in livestreams. But PayPal also found a gender imbalance in pay. Women are less likely to be paid for their streams than men. VentureBeat reports: PayPal said that 34 percent of livestream viewers in the U.S. have spent more than $50 on livestream content in the past few months. But despite the growth in spending, almost half of women content creators (4...
Tags: Australia, Russia, Tech, Paypal, Canada, VentureBeat, SuperData Research, Steam GameStop


LG’s new G7 ThinQ bets all its chips on AI and hi-fi audio

LG is set to unveil its latest handset in just a few hours from now, but VentureBeat’s already spilled the beans on the new G7 ThinQ, which boasts some impressive hardware, as well as a couple of interesting AI and audio features. As we’ve seen in leaks earlier, there’s a dedicated hardware button below the volume rocker, with which to invoke Google Assistant. You can tap it to bring up the Assistant screen, long press to issue voice commands; there’s a Super Far Field Voice Recognition feature ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Gear, Lg, VentureBeat, G7


Is Microsoft Trying To Make Windows 10 Mail Worse? (slashdot)

Emil Protalinski via VentureBeat argues that "Windows Mail is unusable, and instead of improving it, Microsoft is looking to drive users away": Microsoft started forcing Mail to use Edge for email links in Windows 10 build 17623 last month. This week, the company started including Office 365 ads right at the bottom of the app. But even these poor decisions are just extra nails in the coffin. Windows Mail has difficulty sending and receiving email. No, I'm not exaggerating for effect. If you have...
Tags: News, Microsoft, Office, VentureBeat, Emil Protalinski, BeauHD


Is Microsoft Trying To Make Windows 10 Mail Worse?

Emil Protalinski via VentureBeat argues that "Windows Mail is unusable, and instead of improving it, Microsoft is looking to drive users away": Microsoft started forcing Mail to use Edge for email links in Windows 10 build 17623 last month. This week, the company started including Office 365 ads right at the bottom of the app. But even these poor decisions are just extra nails in the coffin. Windows Mail has difficulty sending and receiving email. No, I'm not exaggerating for effect. If you have...
Tags: Microsoft, Office, Tech, VentureBeat, Emil Protalinski


Duolingo To Silicon Valley Workers: Move To Pittsburgh, Where You Can Actually Afford a Home

As the cost of living continues to rise in Silicon Valley, tech companies in other parts of the country are getting more aggressive in pitching workers to move to their cities for a better quality of life. From a report: This week, the language-learning platform Duolingo put up an ad along San Francisco's US Highway 101, encouraging residents to move to Pittsburgh where the company's headquarters are based. In Pittsburgh, you can both "work in tech" and "own a home," the ad touted. Duolingo CEO ...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, VentureBeat, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Bay Area, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, US Highway 101, Silicon Valley Workers, Von Ahn